Teenager Suspected of Starting Wildfire

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) - A 14-year-old boy has been booked
on arson charges after deputies said he confessed to accidentally
starting a 40-acre wildfire north of Los Angeles as he was trying
to smoke marijuana.

LA County Sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker says two 14-year-old boys
from Saugus were detained just after the fire that briefly
threatened about 50 homes was knocked down Sunday afternoon.

Parker says one of the boys was released after the other boy
said he started the fire when he dropped a barbecue lighter as he
was trying to light a pot pipe.

Parker says the second boy had showed up shortly after the fire
started and tried to help put it out, but the two boys fled when
they couldn't control it. Their names were withheld because of
their age.


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